Maine Natural History Observatory

Censusing and Monitoring the Species and Habitats of Coastal Maine

Maine Bird Atlas 2018-2022

   The Maine Bird Atlas is a project of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in partnership with Maine Natural History Observatory, Maine Audubon, and Biodiversity Research Institute.  The project will be run over five years (2018-2022) and will engage the efforts of numerous volunteers.  The atlas aims to map distribution and abundance of breeding and wintering birds in every corner of the state.  The first Maine bird atlas project spanned from 1978-1983 and focused solely on the breeding birds of Maine.  The new Maine Bird Atlas will duplicate and expand upon that earlier work, giving conservationists a complete guide to Maine bird species and an opportunity to track how populations have changed.  This will help determine conservation priorities for years to come.  (Learn more)


Ways to Support the Maine Bird Atlas

The Maine Bird Atlas needs significant financial support to complete its statewide survey. Although we depend heavily on volunteers to complete surveys, every year we hire professional atlasers to survey remote areas of the state where it is hard to find volunteers. YOUR support can help us complete our important goal of surveying every region of the state.  Here are four ways you can support the atlas!

Sponsor a Species

A great way to support the atlas is adopt a bird species for one or more years of the project.  Each of Maine’s 253 breeding and wintering bird species have been divided into sponsorship levels ranging from $30-$2,000.  (Learn more)

One-Time or Monthly Donation

Any donation to the atlas is welcome!  All donations are tax deductible.

Donate to the Maine Bird Atlas Fund

Merchandise

Buy functional and fashionable items bearing the Maine Bird Atlas logo including stickers, hoodies, travel mugs, phone and laptop cases, totes, notebooks, and more.  They are guaranteed to be great conversation starters.  Your purchases support the Maine Bird Atlas and will also help us spread the word about this project. (Check it out) 

Volunteer

Do you have a bird feeder?  Do you like to explore Maine's great outdoors?  Wheather you are an avid birder, a hiker, a sportsman, or see the occasional bird in your back yard, you can contribute important data to the Maine Bird Atlas.  Go to the Maine Bird Atlas website to learn more about how to get involved.